I keep a running list on my smartphone called “Go-To Dinner Ideas.” It features meals that are both easy to make and sure to please, and I reference it often when making my grocery list for the upcoming two weeks (since we’re trying to save money by making fewer trips to the grocery store).
The list features staples like tacos and pasta, plus some of our personal favorites like tuna melts and stir fries.
It also includes these three delicious letters: B-F-D.
Breakfast For Dinner.
At least twice a month we have breakfast for dinner in some form or another—maybe an egg casserole with veggies or (my toddler’s personal favorite) pancakes with fresh fruit.
Last week we went with this Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal, which totally hit the spot!
- 2 medium bananas, sliced
- 2 cups blueberries, divided
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- pinch each ground nutmeg, cloves, and salt
- 2 cups milk (skim works fine)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp margarine or butter, melted & cooled
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 375. Lightly coat an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Layer the banana slices over the bottom of the dish. Top with 1 cup blueberries, and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, coconut flakes, remaining blueberries, brown sugar, baking powder, and spices. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
- Pour the oat mixture on top of the bananas and blueberries. Pour the milk mixture over the oat mixture.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top layer is lightly browned and crisp. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
37 responses to “Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal”
Yum! I’ve made something very similar with half oats, half quinoa, that I found in a quinoa cookbook. BFD is definitely a go-to dinner for me, seems like I can always whip something up even when it feels like I’ve got nothing in the house to eat. I’d love to hear your other go-to dinner ideas!
That’s a great idea for another post! And the half-oat, half-quinoa dish sounds wonderful!
We don’t do a ton of BFDs around here, as we often do more lunch/dinner combos. With Scott and I both working from home, and our meal schedules individually different It’s easier that way.
Yesterday I made steak soup (started at 840, served about 140). Today we’re roasting a chicken which will become enchiladas and soup later this week.
I’ll toss some rice and vegs with those for me, and we’re good to go. Plus our freezer will be more stocked with easy meals, not just frozen meat.
A well-stocked freezer is an amazing thing!
We are simple around these parts – scrambled eggs and pancakes and fruit. This looks delicious though. Can I tell you my biggest hurdle to BFD is my husband? He is completely against the idea. I don’t know if it’s something about his Italian heritage or just his stubbornness!
My husband is the exact opposite. In fact, it’s his favorite thing to make when he’s in charge of dinner!
we LOVE breakfast for dinner and this sounds like a great recipe!
Let me know if you give it a try, Emily!
I make a peanut butter baked oatmeal that is fabulous with a little maple syrup and a piece of ham on the side!
YUM! Sounds wonderful!
Care to share your recipe?
Oh yes, we do BFD at least once a week. Usually it’s pancakes or waffles with either bacon or sausage and eggs, but this looks yummy. I’m definitely going to bookmark this recipe for future reference. Thanks for sharing!
Oh, and I just created a yum print account! I’ve never heard of this before. Great idea.
I saw you post this on FB and had to rush right over. I need to make this right now! Well, not right now, but very soon. I’m so excited to try this Katie – BFD is my favorite!
Hope you love it as much as I do, Dana!
I love BFL (lunch) but BFD is definitely my favorite! It’s just so special. And baked oatmeal has always tasted amazing to me.
Me too! It has such a great texture, I think.
I LOVE BFD – I always serve it when my husband travels – the kids love it and I look like cool fun mom! I will have to try this recipe!!!! Pinned it!
That’s because you ARE cool fun mom!
Delish! I tend to like the sweet breakfasts for mornings, then the not-so-sweet ones for dinner. Some faves include quiche, frittatas and breakfast burritos. Yum!
I love a good breakfast burrito as well!
bfd is the greatest thing since …. probably sausage. Our favorite: Pancakes, hashbrowns, eggs. Anything else we can add.
My youngest loves oatmeal. here’s hoping she won’t pick out the blueberries. (If she does – more for me.)
Yum! This looks great. I’ve still never tried baked oatmeal, and I have no idea why it always looks so good! I love breakfast for dinner, especially waffles. Jack doesn’t like pancakes and I am literally baffled by it every time!
Love breakfast for dinner! I just found a recipe that involved baking an egg and bacon in an avocado. Yum!
Thanks so much for the Almond Milk info because I probably would have done that. I don’t have a problem with real milk in recipes though. But what I keep on hand is canned milk – like carnation evaporated. Do you think that would work or should I stick to the script?
I’m not 100% sure, but since canned milk is generally good for cooking/baking, I’m thinking it would be fine! Let me know if you give it a try!
This is the perfect time of year for blueberry recipes – I love them! I’ve never tried with the coconut before, but I would definitely enjoy this:) We do breakfast for dinner too (mostly when Dad is traveling…). It’s always a hit!
We don’t usually do BFD, but we should! I love oatmeal and this looks DELISH! Can’t wait to try! 🙂
Yum – I love the cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove undertones in this! Thanks for sharing!
This looks delicious! My kids love breakfast for dinner and this will be a fun thing to serve!
Definitely a BFD gal. I love turkey bacon and eggs for dinner every now and then but usually it’s oatmeal 😀
Thanks for sharing!
Yum! And oatmeal is so good for you too! This will be a great breakfast once we get started with back to school!
Hi Katie – Oh my, this looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party! Pinning to our group board.
Hi Katie! Thanks for the great recipe idea! I am relatively new to cooking. Two questions… Could one use defrosted blueberries instead of fresh? Or would it make it too soupy? Also, do you know if this freezes well? I’m a singleton and can’t eat 6 servings that quickly. Thanks so much!
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